The series is set around the fictional Arcadia Waters Council near Sydney, and was primarily a satirical look at the machinations of local government.




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Series cast summary:
 Col Dunkley (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Liz Murray (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
John Clayton ...
 Harry Bond (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Karin Schumaker (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Greg Dominelli (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
 George Hasnakov (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Gordon Mahon (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Dr. Salwah Mandikis (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
Judi Farr ...
 Janice Corniglio (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
Nicholas Papademetriou ...
 Victor Trujillo (18 episodes, 2000-2003)
 Helen Manoufis (15 episodes, 2000-2003)
Jodie Dry ...
 Biddy Marchant (10 episodes, 2003)
Peter Kowitz ...
 Warwick Marchant / ... (10 episodes, 2000-2003)
Kerry Walker ...
 Fran Smith (10 episodes, 2003)
 Irene Cheung (10 episodes, 2003)
 Ava Strick (9 episodes, 2003)
Sophie Heathcote ...
 Biddy Marchant (8 episodes, 2000)
 Derek Garner (8 episodes, 2000)
 Irene Cheung (8 episodes, 2000)
 Fran Smith (8 episodes, 2000)
Chris Argirousis ...
 Josef (8 episodes, 2003)


The series is set around the fictional Arcadia Waters Council near Sydney, and was primarily a satirical look at the machinations of local government.

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The Arcadia Waters council chambers building is actually the old Concord Council building in Sydney, NSW. Concord Council had been amalgamated with Drummoyne and other nearby councils to form the Canada Bay Council, leaving the former Concord Council Chambers empty, and a great set for the show. The Chambers have subsequently been demolished and replaced with the Concord Library. Many of the street scenes when they sit on the footpath at outdoor dining areas are also shot in Coincord. See more »


Greg Dominelli: [his response to any complaint] Leave it with me, I'll make it my top priority.
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One of the Very Best Aussie Comedy Dramas
3 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Saw this while living in Australia. It's a great shame it has never been shown in the U.K., whereas cr*p like Blue Heelers has! Yes this is up there with the best in Aussie TV - I loved Grass Roots (also loved the whimsical Sea Change). I watched this with a big grin plastered all over my face - the heady, swirling, jazz soundtrack is delicious, as are the performances of all concerned.

Basically the storyline is about the Machiavellian machinations of the purveyors of local government, somewhere in NSW. Plot, counter-plot, blatant ambition, amoral and self-serving councillors and staff...just superb! Toe-curlingly realistic (probably!) and very well written. Sophie Heathcote (as Biddy Marchant) is especially worthy of mention as she just drips malevolence. I am so sorry to read that she died earlier this year.

Why do programs of this quality not reach a global audience and Neighbours, Home and Away etc do??? Grass Roots is as far from Lowest Common Denominator TV as you can get - I recommend it to you.

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